Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

fable of the not-too-old-yet donkey

The not-too-old-yet donkey finally decided to have a child.  For this reason: By sharing what she’d learned about life, she’d not only be helping a child, but an entire generation… …and all the generations to follow. In that way, her … Continue reading

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fable of the woman who wished to return to twenty-one

As the woman reflected back on her life, she said what so many have said in such moments: “If only I could go back in time.  I’d do things differently.” But in her case, those words actually cast a magic … Continue reading

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fable of the woman who tried to see as the man saw

“If you ever tried to see the world from my point-of-view, you’d realize I’m right,” the man told her. “I wouldn’t want to pollute my eyes,” the woman replied.  “But okay, okay—here’s what I’ll do: “Just for today, I’ll try … Continue reading

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fable of the man who believed life was better

He believed his life had changed for the better… …because a new king had been crowned. Maybe so…but… …his faucet still dripped… …and his roof still needed mending… …and he still needed to exercise more and eat less starch… …and … Continue reading

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fable of the spider who spun his death

A mosquito, caught on a thread of a spider’s web… …pleaded with the hairy arachnid: “I’ll sing for you if you’ll spare my life.  You don’t even have to free me—just let me live.” This spider had never met a … Continue reading

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fable of the tightrope walker who lost his nerve

After years of performing, one night the tightrope walker looked down. He’d learned from beginning to keep his attention focused forward.  But that evening, as he stood poised on his high perch, ready to step upon the rope… …for some … Continue reading

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grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

On the eve of an anniversary to be grieved, I return to this blog post published last August: I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue … Continue reading

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